Workshop on Justice and Beneficence

Princeton University, November 9-10, 2013

The workshop is motivated by puzzlement about the depth and significance of the conventional distinction between justice and beneficence (or charity or humanity). There seems to be broad agreement that a clear distinction can be drawn between them and many writers (at least in the modern period) have thought the distinction basic in one or another way. Yet on reflection it is difficult to give an account of the distinction that is stable across the contexts in which it arises or to interpret it in a way that coheres with conventional beliefs about the settings in which considerations of justice and beneficence should have application. This workshop aims at exploring this distinction, including its significance (if any) for the nature, weight, site, and scope of various normative responsibilities.


Friday, November 9:

9:15: Continental Breakfast: (301 Marx Hall)

9:45-12:00: Session 1
Charles Beitz, Princeton University, "Justice, Beneficence and the Law of Nations"
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Barbara Herman, University of California, Los Angeles, "Articulated Beneficence"
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1:30-3:45: Session 2
Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University, "Some Reflections on Justice and Beneficence"
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Leif Wenar, King's College, London, "Justice and Charity: Roles, Rawls and Rights"
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3:45-4:15: Break: (301 Marx Hall)

4:15-6:30: Session 3
Peter Singer, Princeton University, "Justice, Beneficence, and Three Global Challenges"

Elizabeth Ashford, University of St. Andrews, "The Nature of the Duties Imposed by Systemic Human Rights Violations"
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7:30: Dinner (Prospect House)

Saturday, November 10:

9:15: Continental Breakfast: (301 Marx Hall)

9:45-12:00: Session 4
Rainer Forst, University of Frankfurt, "Two Pictures of Justice"

Laura Valentini, University College, London, "Why Beneficence?"

12:00: Boxed Lunch: (301 Marx Hall)